Billion-Dollar Bond: Skyfall Becomes First 007 Film to Cross the Box-Office Mark
James Bond’s latest adventure is called Skyfall, but when it comes to the box office, 007 is soaring.
The Sam Mendes-helmed 23rd Bond flick, starring Daniel Craig as the suave superspy, officially grossed over $1 billion worldwide as of Sunday—the first film in the 50-year franchise to ever reach that milestone, according to stats compiled by Box Office Mojo.
Skyfall’s record tally comes from $289 million worth of domestic ticket sales combined with an astounding $710 million worldwide haul after just two months in theaters.
Not only is that the highest-grossing Bond entry for MGM and Sony, not to mention one of the best reviewed in the canon (including a big thumbs up from former Bond Roger Moore), but it’s also the third-highest grossing film of 2012. The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises came in Nos. 1 and 2 respectively, with a $1.5 billion and $1.08 billion global take.
And with Skyfall poised to open in China early next year, it has a pretty good shot at surpassing TDKR—no doubt helped by the fact that one of its major set pieces is set in Shanghai.
Batman, better watch your back!